Vala: Agendas by J. F. Jenkins

     Cheyenne Loveless was just a boring sixteen-year-old girl. Then Denver Collins bit her and everything changed. Her plants start talking to her, she finds out she’s a Nymph, and a witch and the angel of death show up at her doorstep to take her away to the prestigious Vala School and Seminary. Oh, and she has no choice in the matter.

     All she wants to do is blend in and return to being invisible, but the more time that passes, the harder that becomes. Plus she’s a daughter of the Divine, an exclusive secret society which rules the world of myth, and discovers she is a key ingredient to an ancient covenant created before she was born. A covenant that will reshape the order of the world.

     Adjusting to a new school is difficult enough, but adding on everyone else’s hidden agendas is the icing on the cake. Cheyenne must learn to see through the lies in order to find her place — and possibly even love — in this new world.  (-synopsis from Goodreads)

      Cheyenne was just a normal girl living with her single mom until new bad boy Denver bit her.  Suddenly Cheyenne finds that her mother isn’t her mother at all but simply a guardian put in place to watch her until the time came for her to learn about her powers.  As she waits for people at the Vala School to arrive she begins hearing things and realizes the flowers are talking to her.  Before she can freak out too much she’s whisked away to the mysterious Vala School.

      Once there life is much different for Cheyenne then it had been in her prior life.  Where she was shy, prone to panic attacks, and didn’t have many friends before, suddenly she is popular with more friends and events happening in her life then she thought was possible.  Her roommate Halyn is a sweet, caring witch who has high energy and quickly becomes Cheyenne’s best friend.  

      Then there’s the overwhelming amount of boys in her life.  Cheyenne first meets the William’s twins who are not only the most popular boys at school but they are cute too!  Anj is intelligent, mysterious, and blind, but his magic allows him to see.  Zes is nervous, sensitive, and adorable.  I couldn’t help but like both of the twins.  Then there’s Denver; he’s apparently a student at the school and while he pretends to not care about Cheyenne there’s a sexual tension between them that made me blush.

     Finally we have Lucien, a dark angel and resident of Hell.  He thinks he’s reincarnate of Hades and Cheyenne holds the spirit of Persephone the First, who is of her bloodline.  Lucien will stop at nothing to make Cheyenne his bride and finally unite the underworld with the Divine.  

     This book was a quick read that was very enjoyable.  The characters are all very likeable and I felt as if I knew each and every one of them.  There’s so many mysteries to uncover in the story and it’s fun putting the pieces together to understand what is happening in the school.  

     There were two things I didn’t like about this book.  I hated that Cheyenne left her guardian, whom she thought was her mother, and never spoke to her again.  It made me sad for both Cheyenne and her guardian.  I also thought that the ending of the book was abrupt.  I would have liked to have had a few more pages written to know what was going on before it simply ended. 

     I will say I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.  There’s so much going on and so much more I want to know about.  I don’t yet know what gifts Jewl, Anj, and Zes have.  I want to know who Cheyenne will choose to date.  I also want to find out what will happen between the demons and the Divine.  I hope the next book has as much action and romance as this one did!

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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